Press Release

In Face of Threatened 'Day of Hate', ADL Urges Allies to Join in Shabbat of Peace


Shabbat of Peace

New York, NY, February 24, 2023 ... With white supremacist groups attempting to organize antisemitic activities as part of a so-called "National Day of Hate" this coming weekend and especially on Saturday, ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today called on our community and our allies to join together by creating a Shabbat of Peace.

Using the hashtag #ShabbatOfPeaceNotHate, ADL is asking supporters and allies to join us in sharing a message of unity against antisemitism and hate by sharing with their online community that they will not back down and not be intimidated by extremists.

While ADL is not aware of any specific threats linked to the planned white supremacist campaign, we know that these groups are hoping for increased antisemitic flier distributions, protests and graffiti.

"It is completely unacceptable that the Jewish community -- or any community -- should be targeted by extremists spreading hate and alarm," said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director. "The hate groups behind this effort hope that we will be afraid and isolated. Instead, we are coming together in resolve and solidarity."

ADL created a graphic for users to add to their #ShabbatOfPeaceNotHate posts online. Users can click here to download it. 

In addition to sharing a message of unity, ADL is asking supporter and allies to let Congress know that we urgently need to ensure that our synagogues and other houses of worship, schools and community centers are made safer by increasing the funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program: Here is ADL's call for action now.

Adding to the potential for antisemitic messages this weekend is the Nation of Islam’s Saviour’s Day gathering in Chicago on Sunday, convened by Louis Farrakhan, one of the country’s most notorious antisemites.

In the past week, ADL has tracked:

  • Shooting attacks against Jewish people in the streets of Los Angeles.
  • Antisemitic demonstrations in front of a Chabad in Florida.
  • Increases in the distribution of antisemitic propaganda in cities across the nation.
  • Neo-Nazi protestors in New York City spread vile antisemitism and conspiracy theories outside the Broadway revival of Parade, the play that tells the story of the false conviction and lynching of Leo Frank.

ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913, its timeless mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. A global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens, ADL works to protect democracy and ensure a just and inclusive society for all.